If you’ve had a chance to see Lucy Martin’s beautiful Heron Hall art exhibit “Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichen” (on display through August 29), you know that Lucy’s artwork is all about close observation. The Laguna de Santa Rosa is full of wonderful lichens that abundantly repay a close look. You will find a whole world on an oak branch! There are many other botanical subjects around us as well. Join Lucy to learn about her painting technique. She uses gouache, which is similar to watercolor, but more opaque. Gouache technique is quite different from watercolor technique. You will learn some of the techniques Lucy uses to produce her very detailed paintings of bark, leaves, lichens, moss and oak galls. Enjoy a quiet, peaceful day in Heron Hall, surrounded by Lucy’s inspiring art exhibit and the native plant garden at the Laguna Environmental Center, to enhance your observation and painting skills. Suitable for adults and teens 14 years, and at least some drawing experience is helpful. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Questions? Email Anita.
Lucy lives in Sonoma County, California. She is mainly self-taught, with some formal training including classes with Mary Jo Koch. She exhibits in the Sebastopol Gallery and Calabi Gallery, as well as annually in Art Trails, the juried Sonoma County Open Studio art tour. Her work was purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Special Collections and Archives Department at the McHenry Library at UCSC. She has exhibited in international shows of the American Society of Botanical Artists and solo shows at the Library at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Visit her website at www.lucymartinart.com.